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Acer hopes to trump market with new LCD TVs

Low-price digital cameras also announced

Notebook and PC vendor Acer has announced it is launching its first LCD TVs. Focusing primarily on aggressive pricing, Acer is to launch both a 26in widescreen WXGA model and a 32in LCD television, though the latter won’t be available until February.

The 26in version is currently being shipped out to vendors and will retail for just £899 – a full £300 cheaper than Dell’s comparably sized screen.

The AL2671 LCD TV will have a native resolution of 1,280x768 pixels and a 16ms response time. Five-Watt speakers straddle the 26in widescreen which has a built-in WOW audio chip which creates surround sound effects.

The screen has a single TV tuner but doubles as a PC monitor with DVI, VGA, two Scart, S-Video and composite AV connections. There is also a 6-in-1 media card reader should you wish to view digital photos onscreen. A remote control is thrown in too.

The company is also ramping up its range of digital cameras with three new compact models. The most capable will be a 6Mp (megapixel) camera costing £229, while the other two are 5Mp models costing £149 and £199 respectively.

The main selling points of the new cameras – aside from their low price – will be the amount of detail they can capture and the inclusion of a 64MB Secure Digital memory card. The £199 CR-5130 will be able to record video at 320x240 resolution and has a 3x optical zoom.

Both the CR-5130 and the 6Mp CR-6530 have 2.5in colour LCD viewfinders – a trait shared with the slimline CRCS-5530 which boasts a large LCD but no optical viewfinder. All three models require less than three seconds from powering on to being ready to shoot. Successive shots can be taken at sub-second intervals.

All the products announced today carry a two-year warranty, and the LCD TV is highly unusual in that Acer is covering it with a zero dead pixels guarantee.

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